Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Group Helps Professionals with Disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Luticha Doucette needed a car. Salt from the snow corrodes her wheelchair, causing it to break down, and Lift Line doesn't run on weekends or holidays. What was she supposed to do when classes at Rochester Institute of Technology begin on Labor Day?
After nearly 26 years as an incomplete quadriplegic, Doucette saw owning a car as a vital measure of independence. But when she asked her worker at the Monroe County Department of Health for assistance, she was told to "be realistic."
The department would pay $20,000 a year for an indefinite chauffeur, but it wouldn't make a one-time payment of $6,000 for a car.

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